Scrapbook Layout, Scrapbooking

Scrapbook Layout with Free Cut Files

Hey, everyone!  I wanted to give you a quick peek at my latest scrapbook layout.  This is a layout from the scrapbook album I made for my daughter and my new any-day-now grandson.

I was completely inspired by Paige Taylor Evans Silhouette cut file with the moon and stars.  You should totally check out the Paige Evan Silhouette Store page because her designs are AMAZING and beautiful and always inspiring.  Her Silhouette Store page is here. Then go check out her blog, where you can grab some inspiration for layouts.  I LOVE one of her latest layouts where she used embroidery thread and a heart cut file.

I grabbed a generic crescent moon from Google images (one of those licensed as free and editable) and got to work in Silhouette Studio.  I used the Magnolia Sky font and love the way it came out.  I made two versions of this file and they’re both available to you to download here:

To the Moon and Back 1

To the Moon and Back 2

After I cut the file, I grabbed a piece of my go-to white cardstock – Bazzill Smoothie in Coconut Swirl.  Starting at the bottom, I used Distress Oxide inks and a round Ranger Blending Tool with one blending sponge and created the background.  I used Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, and Black Soot.  Since I used the same blending sponge for the whole project, I got a really smooth blend from color to color.  When I had all the colors on, I went back in with a clean sponge and blended one more time from bottom to top. This may have been overkill, but I liked the way it took away any leftover blending lines.

The rest of the layout is from my stash and it’s old enough, I couldn’t even begin to tell you where most of it came from!  I used silver sequins for stars, a couple of old cut aparts around the photo mats, and some water-lily die cuts as my only embellishment.  I didn’t want to take focus away from the photos or the moon, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum.

As a final touch, I slipped a scalloped circle that I cut out with a EK Success punch behind the photo mats.  This will give my daughter a place to add the date and journaling when she adds pictures after the little guy is born.

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Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop

Join us on Monday, February 12 at 9 AM EST for a Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop!


I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing event!  Our Save the YouTuber hop was put together in order to help out the many crafters that are affected by new YouTube rules that require a number of views and subscribers in order to earn money. Some of the biggest names in the industry, along with some companies, have come together to help those in need and to bring YOU, the audience, some amazing new tutorials from artists you may have never seen before.

So mark your calendars for Monday, February 12 at 9 AM EST and join us for the hop!

(The links below won’t work until the morning of the hop.)

Justine H
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Pretty Pink Posh
Barbara R
Lesley O
Jenn S
Janette K
Karen Burniston
Catherine P
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Marie Nic.
Candace G
Neha P
Laura G
Jenny H
Jessica F
Betz G
Christopher A.
Josefine F
Neha T.
Jessie B
Lisa P
Kari W
Jenny C
Teresa M
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Marika G
Maaike U
Janelle B
Lydia F
Nadine C
Ingrid B
Karen H
Laura V
Laurel B
Chrissie T
Jeannie L
Veerle M
Olga Disktorenko
Mindy E
Ashlea C
Monique V
Michelle S
Teresa P
Lisa C
Kerri Ann B
Erin R
Berina F
Alex G
Christiana R
Jasmine B
Monica Taylor

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Quick Tip Tuesday, Scrapbooking

Project Life App and PicFrame App Review Using the Canon Selphy 910

Welcome to Quick Tip Tuesday! Although this may not become a weekly feature of my blog and YouTube channel–I would like to have a weekly feature, but best laids plans of mice and women, you know–I am going to add it as a monthly feature, at the very least.

Today’s video was a request from a subscriber regarding what apps to use to print pictures on the Canon Selphy.  I’ve tested a lot of collage-type photo apps and discovered two that work well for me, once of which stands out upon comparison and will become my go to.

PicFrame has 36 layout possibilities. You can choose to round the corners on your photos. You can add color and patterns to the collage borders. Unfortunately, you can’t remove the borders, so you cannot print photos without the collage border.  It’s a big downfall for me.

Despite that, PicFrame was my favorite collage app until I realized that the Project Life app, which I probably won’t use for actual scrapbooking very often, also gives its users the ability to print photos in about 19 configurations ranging in size from 12″x12″ (assuming you have a wide format printer or are planning to have your photo printed elsewhere) to 4″x6″ to 6″x8.” Each size (except the 12×12) has multiple layout options, allowing for 1 to 6 photos per collage. None of the layouts have borders between photos, which is exactly what I wanted.

All of which brings me to today’s video in which I test these two apps with the Canon Selphy.  The Canon Selphy is an amazing sublimation printer and I absolutely love mine.  But I do know some users have taken issue with the way the Selphy crops photos during processing, and I’ve found I often face the same issue. The Project Life app, with appropriate settings, changed that for me and I ‘m even more happy with the Selphy than I was before.

Please let me know in the comments if you have another favorite app to use with the Canon Selphy.

Watch the review video here:


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Scrapbook Layout Process Video Using Faber Castell Gelatos and Liquitex Gesso

After a brief hiatus, I’m happy to show you  my latest layout process video!

I love doing mixed media layouts because it lets me just play with products and see where it takes me. When I do layouts like this, I’m not trying to adhere to a sketch (a process I also love) or scraplift someone else’s layout, which I often do when I’m not feeling terribly inspired. But this type of mixed media layout is a different creative experience for me.  I pick my medium, background, color scheme, embellishments, and just start building layers. It’s very unstructured and I usually like these layouts far better than those I create with a specific plan.

Many of the products I used are listed below, as is the process video.  Thanks for visiting!





July Simon Says Stamp Card Kit

For today’s card, I used the Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit, Handwritten Floral Greetings.  For those of you who haven’t tried out the card kits yet, this is a great one to start with!  I love the stamp set, which I think will be incredibly versatile and includes some great, universal sentiments.   I C.A.S.E.D one of the cards on the included design sheet, a beautiful card by Nina-Marie Trapani, adding some simple changes–vellum front, more muted colors–to make this really simple and quick card.

Details for supplies I used are below, as well as the video showing the steps I used to create this simple card.


Check out the full video below:


DIY Picnic Table Redo!

As a bit of a departure from my normal papercrafting projects, I decided to work on a Pinterest-inspired project this weekend.  My fiancé built this for us about five or six years ago and I love it.  It’s sturdy and seats about 12, if we’re really friendly. It’s functional, but was looking a little worn. An update was in order.


First step: primer.  Even as worn as the wood was, I wanted to prime the surface so it would accept the paint better and cover a few stains.  Kilz is great at covering stains, even the greasy kind. This is two coats of Kilz, un-tinted.


Next step, tint the remaining Kilz.  This part was definitely an experiment. But, if it didn’t work, I wouldn’t lose much.  A half a can of $8.00 Kilz and couple of hours sanding and repainting?  I could risk it.

I didn’t want to buy more paint if I didn’t have to and I didn’t want to waste the remaining Kilz.  I decided to try and tint the Kilz with a colorant I already had.  I didn’t think acrylic paint would be vibrant enough, so I went straight for the hard stuff:  Dr. Ph. Martin’s India Ink in blue and green.  I added a little of each and stirred and repeated until I got the color I want.  I was nervous that it would separate from the Kilz or not be a smooth coat, but this is the result.  I loved the custom color once it dried, but I admit to being very nervous when it went on and looked mostly white with a blue tinge. It dried much darker than it looked wet and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  The picture below is pretty accurate for color.  It’s the perfect shade of aqua to play up the colors I planned for the details.


Next step: stencils.  I used my Silhouette Cameo and made simple stencils of bees and ants. I also made a really not-so-simple stencil for the sunflower but ended up not using them and freehanded that instead. Here’s one stencil of the bee – I’d removed the outer part of the stencil but hadn’t yet peeled off the interior stuff.


And then the bee got some details. (No these are not my hands.  I enlisted the fiancé’s help!


And here’s the final product. Everything was painted in multiple coats of FolkArt acrylic craft paint. The sunflower and bees contrast nicely with the color of the table, I think.  The little ants crawling here and there are one solid color – a mix of red and chocolate FolkArt acrylic craft paint.  I used the same paint for the sunflower with brown as the base coat and then a coat of orange before I put the yellow on top. The final detail was the little flight trails for the bees, one of which makes me think his picnic may have included a adult beverage or two.

I put two coats of Varathane water-based urethane over the top and will probably add some more coats over the next week or so.  The manufacturer recommends a minimum of four coats but I want it to dry completely between coats.

I’d love to know your thoughts on my DIY Picnic Table redo!  Leave a comment below.


Uncategorized Giveaway!

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Giveaway, Scrapbooking

2000+ Subscriber Giveaway (Closed)

If you could see me, you would see me doing the happy dance. Scratch that. I don’t want anyone to see my happy dance. It’s rather reminiscent of Snoopy and Woodstock’s happy dance without the cute factor of being a cartoon. But happy I am, nevertheless, because my YouTube now has 2000+ subscribers, those loyal souls who come back to my channel each and every time I post a video.

2000+ subscribers!!!!

So, to say thank you, I’m hosting a giveaway of some awesome Basic Grey scrapbooking and crafting supplies. I was very saddened to learn that Basic Grey is getting out of the scrapbooking business, so I hurried and ordered before they stopped shipping to customers. I thought it would be a really great way to recognize a company that provided amazing products for all of us scrapbookers for many years and, even more importantly, recognize and thank all the crafters who have subscribed to my YouTube channel!

Click below for the video, then complete the Rafflecopter entries!

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Using EverNote with A QR Code Scanner for Craftroom Organization

At work, I’m a label making, calendar-using, clear surfaces, 43 folders, GTD, Pomodoro Technique, all things productivity related  fool.  In my former, corporate job, I did these things to manage processes and labor in 200+ stores for 3,000+ employees.  My work life today is far less stressful.  I manage 1 employee and that includes me. I have no direct supervision, day to day, so if my desk is a mess or if I jump from one project to another 50 times a day, Nobody Knows it But Me.  (You’re humming right now, aren’t you?) But habits Die Hard (and now you’re thinking about Bruce Willis) and I still tend to maintain a pretty structured work life.  (Especially if you ever run into a member of my Board of Supervisors!)

At home, it’s a whole different ball game.  I try to maintain the same level of organization, but it just doesn’t work, so I settle for controlled chaos, especially in my craftroom.  One tool I’ve found that really helps is EverNote, which is, just as the name implies, a note-taking system.  Possibly the note-taking system. Available on Android and iOS, tablets, iPads, phones, and your computer, it gives you a go-anywhere (anywhere you can access the App) method for staying on top of your to-do lists.

In my craftroom, I use it to keep track of inventory.  If you’d told me ten years ago that I would need something to keep track of my craftroom inventory, I would have laughed hysterically.  Now, it’s a tool I cannot do without.  I have supplies on top of supplies and when I go shopping, I often forget if I have something when I come across a good deal or forget that I’m out of something that I may need the next week.  I use EverNote to keep a basic inventory of paper, ink, adhesives, etc. so I avoid purchasing duplicate products and so I never run out of things I use on a regular basis.

This is nothing new.  Crafters everywhere use EverNote and I’m sure there are many that use it as I do, in conjunction with the barcode scanner that’s available as a free download.  But I couldn’t find simple instructions to set it up to work efficiently, so as a Die Harder DIYer, I did some web searching and created the following YouTube video to make a great app even more efficient… I can spend more time organizing my scrapbook supplies scrapbooking!

Watch the YouTube video below for more information.  Supplies (such as they are) are listed below the video!

Thanks for visiting me!


Altenew Whimsical Flowers Card with Gansai Tambi Watercolor


My card for today was really simple.  I used my brand new set of Gansai Tambi Watercolors (I nearly swooned when the big, brown Happy Truck arrived that day, I tell you what) and the most awesome Altenew Whimsical Flower stamp set on Ranger Watercolor Cardstock with some Archival Ink in Jet Black.  The only embellishment I used was some Hemptique Black Twine.  I even kept the sentiment simple: just a few “Thanks Yous” on my Smith Corona Classic 12 Typewriter.

You can see the whole process video for this card here:

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section and I’ll answer them as soon as possible.